"The law presumes that the jury follows the court's instructions and the court has instructed the jury today that they are not to let any outside influences or public opinion sway their deliberation".
They are being sequestered throughout their deliberations and until the verdicts are read in court before a worldwide livestream audience.
"Believe your eyes... It's [the video of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck] exactly what you saw with your eyes..." "They gave them to you", said Schleicher to the jurors. Or as Blackwell later told the jurors: "You were told, for example, that Mr. Floyd died, that Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big".
"George Floyd was not a threat to anyone", Schleicher said.
Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, much of which was caught on camera sparking outrage and global protests against racial violence and police brutality. He could also be found not guilty, but whatever the jury decides they must be unanimous. "And there's no excuse".
He said Chauvin's actions were in line of those of a reasonable police officer.
Police are "aware that there are those who may attempt to hijack peaceful events to cause chaos and destruction, turning these events violent and unlawful", the statement said. "This was not a neck restraint.
The defense has countered that Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would", and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Floyd's death, saying heart disease or even the exhaust fumes from the nearby police auto may have been factors. "No", he said, adding that Chauvin chose to mock Floyd by saying, "It takes a lot of oxygen to complain".
The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota have been working with local officials to support law enforcement as they prepare for the possibility of unrest after the verdict, officials said.
The closing arguments were consistent with the state's case against Chauvin.
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During closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors attempted to keep the jury's focus on the widely-shared bystander video that shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck and back for almost nine minutes.
"He was not trying to hurt anyone".
Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, faces a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge - second-degree murder. He was wearing a light gray jacket over a lapis blue shirt and tie, a combination that made him a cacophonous outlier in a courtroom full of lawyers in sober dark suits and white shirts.
National Guard troops are already in some areas of downtown Minneapolis. She said that Americans could expect to hear from the president soon after the verdict, no matter what it is.
Nelson asked the judge to declare a mistrial after Maxine Waters, a Democratic member of Congress from California, attended a protest in Minnesota and called for a guilty verdict and more demonstrations. Waters, who joined those protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Saturday in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, told news outlets that "I hope that we're going to get a verdict that is a guilty", and that "if we don't, we can not go away". "We've got to get more confrontational".
Biden's comments came a day after Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the trial, admonished elected officials about speaking out on the case.
Among the 38 witnesses who testified for the prosecution were some of the bystanders who watched Floyd's May 25, 2020 arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes.
Darnella Frazier, the teenager who took the video that went viral, said Floyd was "scared" and "begging for his life".
A retired forensic pathologist put on the stand by the defence said Mr Floyd died of cardiac arrest brought on by heart disease and the illegal drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The task for the prosecution was to convince the jury that Chauvin's actions were a "substantial causal factor" in Floyd's death and that his use of force was unreasonable. It has repeatedly pointed to the viral video as the best case for convicting the former Minneapolis police officer of murder.